HIGHLIGHTS: Weston-super-Mare continue rise up the table with crucial 2-0 win at Whitehawk
PUBLISHED: 10:21 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:50 30 January 2017
Weston got back to winning ways on Saturday with an impressive 2-0 win away at Whitehawk – which in turn resulted in the Hawks’ joint managers losing their jobs.
Having started the day three points clear of the relegation zone, the Seagulls have now pulled away from danger and sit 15th in the National League South – six points clear of the drop zone.
It was a good start from Scott Bartlett’s men, who started much the brighter, with in-form striker Gethyn Hill going closest early on.
However, Weston came out all guns blazing in the second half and having signed experience defender Ben Gerring just 24 hours before, he slotted in defence well, with the Seagulls never looking likely to concede.
But the Seagulls had to be patient and the breakthrough did not come until the 68th minute.
Brad Ash – who has continued to impress since he returned to The Woodspring Stadium on loan from Championship side Barnsley – latched onto a loose ball following a deflected shot in the box and made no mistake with his finish.
This sparked celebrations from the travelling Weston supporters and they were to be given another reason to cheer nine minutes before the end.
Dayle Grubb took advantage of some poor Whitehawk play and burst forward.
He slotted home past the despairing Whitehawk keeper and ensured Weston sealed another impressive win on the road as their best run of form under Bartlett continues.
Weston have now only lost once in the past six games and will welcome local rivals Bath City on Saturday to The Woodspring Stadium.
Bath sit ninth in the table but 10 points off the play-off places, so Weston will be hoping they can continue to rise up the table.
After Saturday’s match on the Brighton coast, the Hawks’ joint managers were relieved of their managerial duties.
Whitehawk have now gone 10 league games without a win and Alan Payne and Paul Reid will revert back to their previous roles at the club, following the defeat.
Payne will take full control of the first team until a replacement is found, before reverting back to his role as director of football.
However, Reid will revert back to only being a player for the Hawks as they look to move away from the relegations zone.
They currently lie 20th in the table and are two points clear of the drop zone. Weston’s game against Bath City at The Woodspring Stadium will kick off at 3pm.
For a full match report and exclusive interview with Bartlett after the game, visit www.westonmercury.co.uk